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Alexandra Dementieva in THINGS WE SUSPECTED (from each other) 

The expo THINGS WE SUSPECTED (from each other) is a temporary collaboration between GC Nekkersdal and visual artist Yvonne De Grazia.

Brussels-based and (inter)-national artists responded to De Grazia’s call to present a recent work or research in the former ‘talking book library and Materne jam factory’ annexed to GC Nekkersdal.

The show is aligned with the expanding and dynamic contemporary Brussels art scene. Sustainable projects, co-creation, exchanges and synergies between artists are essential in a diversified Brussels.

Alexandra DEMENTIEVA shows a series of her light paintings.

Other participating artists are:
➝ ASH BOWLAND
➝ BERNARD VAN EEGHEM 
➝ COLLECTIVE VOID
➝ JOHANNES ELEBAUT
➝ KOEN WASTYN
➝ LISE DUCLAUX
➝ LUCIEN ROUX
➝ LUCIE MALOU
➝ JULES LAGRANGE
➝ LAURENT SUCHY
➝ LUT RASPOET
➝ MELISSA PINON
➝ BEATRIJS ALBERS & REGGY TIMMERMANS
➝ TOSCA WASTYN
➝ STEFAAN VERMUYTEN
➝ VARIOUS ARTISTS
➝ YVES LECOMTE
➝ YVONNE DE GRAZIA

UNTIL 02.07.2022 Open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1-6 pm.
► Finissage: Saturday 02.07 from 1-6 pm.

GC Nekkersdal, bd. Bockstaellaan 107, 1020 Brussels
Yvonne De Grazia, yvonnedegrazia@gmail.com, +32 476 452 228

Annemarie Maes in BIOTOPIA

This Saturday 18 June opens BIOTOPIA – a contraction of Biotope and Utopia, that plunges us into the universe of the living beings that populate our planet. The exhibition brings together nearly 30 artists, designers, researchers, women, men and people who question the central position of humans in the world, amongst which Annemarie Maes showing her Transparant Beehive. BIOTOPIA proposes shifting our points of view, immersing ourselves in the heart of non-human societies and opening ourselves up to the diversity of ways of being.

Our body is composed of 90% bacteria; we live in symbiosis with populations of microorganisms that live in the smallest corners of our morphology. Since the discoveries of the famous microbiologist Lynn Margulis, we now know that the evolution of life stems from symbiosis and interdependence rather than competition between the best individuals. Through an exploration of the living, Biotopia tells us how these animal, plant and mineral societies can teach us to live better together and create more environmentally friendly technologies.

How can we recreate utopia faced with the predicted impasses of a world that we no longer know how to conceive? How can we live together? What is at stake, recalls biologist and thinker Donna Haraway, is the survival of the innumerable ways of living and becoming with each other on this earth.

BIOTOPIA from 18 June until 27 November 2022

Le Pavilion Esplanade de la Citadelle 5000 Namur

Wednesday to Sunday 12-6 pm
Monday-Tuesday closed

With

ZIMOUN, 25 woodworms

Cindy COUTANT, Télédésir

Thomas THWAITES, Goatman

Aki INOMATA

Why Not Hand Over a ​“Shelter” to Hermit Crabs?

Think Evolution #1 : Kiku-ishi (Ammonite)

Pepa IVANOVA, Decay

Ani LIU, Kisses from the future

Collectif MUESLI, Peintures indisciplinées

Agnes MEYER-BRANDIS

One Tree ID — How to Become a Tree for Another Tree

Thijs BIERSTEKER, Econtinuum

OHME & AIKO DESIGN, Karine VAN DONINCK, Rotifer (a)live

Antoine BERTIN, Conversation métabolite

Lia GIRAUD, Photosynthèse, Installation Algægraphique

REMIX EL BARRIO, Various Projects

BIG BANG PROJECT, Nautile

Teresa VON DONGEN, Biolume

Laboratorium KASK (Maria Boto et Heleen Sintobin), Ecology of Colour

PERMAFUNGI, PerMateria

SILK LAB, Living Materials

PURIFUNGI, Myco-Ashtrays

Anne Marie MAES, The Transparent Beehive

DESIGN I/0, Field

Philip SCHUETTE, SUN

Tim KNAPEN, Godmode

Camille SCHERRER, In The Woods


Curator : Marie du Chastel

Alexandra Dementieva in Projection, Projections at UNLOCQ53, Brussels

The 7th exhibition at UNLOCQ53, Projection, Projections shows the work of Alexandra Dementieva (B), Anna Frants (USA), Marin Kasimir (D) and Emilio Lopez-Menchero (E).

The word “projection” of Latin origin has many meanings and is used in many areas.

No psychology, geometry or cartography without projection, no cinema hall, no discotheque and today no museum without projection.

Nor is there any exhibition of contemporary art any more without projection, in all states, in all ways, on all possible image carriers and for all reasons (… ).

Emilio Lopez-Menchero, Trying to be Gagarin, 2015

E.L.M.
Probably the most direct projection in this exhibition is that of a documentary video of a performance on a wall in a darkened room. The same artist projects himself into other people, in this case Gagarin and Rasputin.

Alexandra Dementieva, Inland Wonderland, 2022

A.D.
There is no greater cinema than the one in which you close your eyes and immerse yourself in your dreams.
This is not the case in the helmet on display here. With eyes wide open, the audience alone is immersed in the interior of another brain whose course of events we can change.

Anna Frants, Jumping Jacks, 2009

A.F.
Antique projections like an animated frieze whose supports, three vases, remain immobile.
Paraolympic and black and white, perpetuum immobili , these athletic warriors run a marathon at a standstill without advancing.

Marin Kasimir, The Architect, 2022

M.K.
And finally, the flattening of reality, a reality that is around us, around the panoramic camera. A multitude of small holes in the thick concrete wall of a modernist church act as projectors. At a certain time of day, and provided that the sun is shining clear and bright, this star map projects bright, curved lines onto the opposite walls. In this way, the panorama shows both the projector and the projected, as well as cause and effect, simultaneously and on one and the same level, without hierarchy.

A Bee is a Bee is a Bee – Annemarie Maes in Palais de Tokyo and Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles

Annemarie Maes starts June with an immersive performance at the Palais de Tokyo followed by an installation at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles/Paris.

Annemarie Maes, A Bee is a Bee is a Bee

As part of the performance program during the exhibition Reclaim the Earth, Annemarie Maes transforms the spaces of the Palais de Tokyo into a laboratory, combining an artistic and scientific approach. The starting point for A Bee is a Bee is a Bee is the research of two major scientists on the world of bees: Karl Von Frisch and François Huber. Through a poetic narrative, the artist leads us into an animal world with a finely organized social structure. Maes creates a symphony of the five senses. In the delicate notes of beeswax, floral perfumes, propolis and honey, the performers move through the darkened space, and mark their work area following the flight lines communicated to them by the foraging bees. The sound that fills the space provides a buzzing background, as the recordings were captured during long-term observations inside the hive and turned into a composition with some electronic touches.

The project is realized in collaboration with Guerlain Paris and supported by the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles. The latter also shows an olfactory installation by Maes during the last collective exhibition before extensive renovation works, Les Heures Sauvages. HORTUS CONCLUSUS: I sing to you about flowers and colors and smells is an immersive multimedia installation and part of the long term research project ‘Bee Agency’. The soundscape is a mix of field recordings made in the beehives of the artist and electronics. The installation is working on all senses with a focus on smell using
‘The Smell of the Hive’, the fragrance that is also used in the performance at the Palais de Tokyo. Imagine the sensual smell of a beehive in summer, the unique scent of this super organism: bubbling with activity, the warmth of many bodies crawling over each other with the delicate aromas of flowers, wax, propolis and honey.

Annemarie Maes, I sing to you about flowers and colors and smells

A Bee is a Bee is a Bee – durational performance

Palais de Tokyo, 13 – avenue du Président Wilson – 75116 Paris

Friday 3 June from 6-9pm

Info & tickets

Les Heures Sauvages – group exhibition

Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles/Paris – 127-129 rue Saint-Martin – 75004 Paris

Opening Friday 10 June until Sunday 19 June

Info

Alexandra Dementieva and TUBULAR HEARING Trio

This Sunday 22 May Alexandra Dementieva takes part in the concert of the TUBULAR HEARING Trio.

“TUBULAR HEARING TRIO” is a performance in which sound and image produce each other. In the present moment, the mysterious quality of the relationship between the two persists even when the physical basis of their interaction is established in the mind and eyes of the audience. Thus, sound becomes a flicker of light and shadow a change in timbre.

The artists / musicians are:
Alexandra DEMENTIEVA – Artist creator of electronic video artworks and interactive installations, daughter of a scientist, graduated in 1985 from the State University of Printed Arts in Moscow and from the Fine Arts in Watermael-Boitsfort, painter and draughtsman, sculptor, lecturer and teacher in Brussels since 1990, Alexandra now plants her mini-cameras in front of, on and in Jean-Jacques’ baritone saxophone and José’s cello, improvising dreamlike landscapes playing with shapes and colours.


José BEDEUR – The oldest Belgian jazz double bassist still active, José BEDEUR has never relegated the cello to his conservatory – in HUY in the 1950s – and has taken advantage of covid to really get back into it since 2020. It was in the distant 1950s that, together with the pianist Léon LAFFUT and the late violinist Jean-Marie MARCHOT, he was already exploring, not without humour, total improvisation (without theme, harmonies, tempo, or distinction between musical and other sounds).
His preference has always been for improvised music. Michel MAINIL’s recently published book “MEMORIES OF YOU” relates in detail – sometimes truculent – his rich past on his two instruments in the theatre, the cinema and in concerts, among others with the Métarythmes de l’Air of Christian LEROY from Montpellier and the various Inaudible groups of Guy STRALE from Brussels.
In the brand new TUBULAR HEARING trio, he can finally bring together his favourite music and his lifelong instrument with his beloved artists.


JJ Duerinckx aka Maurice Charles JJ – saxophonist sopranino and baritone.
In 2015 he met multimedia artist Alexandra Dementieva with whom he played in the duo ‘Tunnel Hearing’, recently joined by his long-time friend cellist/double bass player José Bedeur. For more than 20 years he has played with many renowned musicians from the world of free improvised music, such as Lol Coxhill, John Russell, Michel Doneda, Barre Philips, Jacques Foschia, Tom Jackson, Adrian Northover, José Bedeur, Matthieu Safatly, Tatsuya Nakatani, Peter Jacquemyn, Roger Turner, Dan Warburton, Anton Mobin… to name but a few. Sensitive to the visual arts, he is interested in electro-acoustic music, sound art and more particularly in the notion of “soundscapes”, a concept dear to the composer R Murray Schaffer in his book “The Tuning of the world”. The idea of confronting sound matter and melodies, abstract or not, is one of the bases of his musical language as well as a vector of energy to share.
In 2018, he founded “Unreal Brotherface” with the acousmatic composer Stephan Dunkelman, whom he met in 2004 in Zohara, an ensemble created by Zahava Seewald and produced by John Zorn (Tzadik, 2004) in which he played. Unreal Brotherface participated in the City Sonic Winter session 2019 and the Belgian Music Days 2020, among others. MxSx, his duo with Dimitri Coppe, was created in Flagey during the Semaine du Son 2022 and is a tribute to the recently deceased composer.
The confrontation of his sound expertise with other modes of artistic expression such as the visual arts remains essential to his artistic research. Collaborations with Harold Schellinx, Patricia Kuypers, Frank Beaubois, Pascale Gille, Stéphanie Auberville, Isako Horikawa, Petermfriess, among others.
In March 2020, in the midst of the pandemic, he created the Lamaφ (lamaphi), a protean multidisciplinary group, bringing together dancers, musicians and video artists. He is the basis of lab’OMFI: a transdisciplinary experimental laboratory held at Halles St Géry in Brussels from 2017 to 2019. He is founder of the OMFI collective (2011/2019) with cellist Matthieu Safatly and created in 2018 the group Neptunian Maximalism with multi-instrumentalist guitarist Guillaume Cazalet.

Doors 7pm / concert 7pm30 (ring at Friess, 3rd floor)

Contribution: 5 EUR min, 7-10 EUR recommended (drinks included)

Supported by Transcultures. Event by YIAP – Ypres Interactive Art Project.

On this occasion, read a recent interview with Alexandra DEMENTIEVA published in EYE-TO-EYE, The Festival Quarterly, here.

Alexandra DEMENTIEVA, Double Depths 2018 screenshots © Alexandra Dementieva

LASER Talks Brussels: The olfactory experience as a new language with Peter de Cupere and Piet Devos

The 7th edition of LASER talks Brussels will take place on Sunday 12 June at 5pm as part of the Festival of the New European Bauhaus. We will be talking about the importance of the olfactory experience with Peter de Cupere and Piet Devos.

The olfactory experience is accessible to people of different cultures and with different abilities. It might actually become a new language for dialogue about common human values and needs.

In the animal world the olfactory system plays one of the most important roles to help animals to survive. In order to hunt, to recognize enemies and friendly species, smells warn them of potential danger. Humans perceive smells with each breath and while still inside of the womb their olfactory sensor is fully developed at the age of 7-8 months. But later humans loose half of these capacities. During the last two decades, doctors and researchers, from neuroscientists to the humanities, have sought to better understand the sense of smell, the way it shapes our everyday life, our emotions, feelings, our eating preferences, its role in creating memory and its functioning in our social interactions.

As part of the The Festival of the New European Bauhaus, LASERtalks Brussels invites artist and researcher Dr. Peter de Cupere and scientist and author Dr. Piet Devos to discuss their work on the importance of smell in human and nonhuman interaction. The talk is moderated by Alexandra Dementieva and Edith Doove.

The Festival of the New European Bauhaus brings together people from all walks of life to debate and shape our future. A future that is sustainable, inclusive and beautiful. It is a great opportunity to network, exchange and celebrate – from science to art, from design to politics, from architecture to technology.

Peter de Cupere

Peter de Cupere is the most prolific and proactive proponent of olfactory art in the world and an expert in the field of the olfactory system. In collaboration with a number of visually impaired assistants he has developed a shared system of writing for the blind to create an olfactory alphabet, the ‘olfabet’.

Piet Devos – photo Michiel Devijver

Piet Devos is an author, translator and literary scholar. At the age of five he became blind due to retinal cancer. These experiences of illness and disability are very important for who he is today. They have shaped him as a person, as a writer and researcher, but also as an activist for a greener and more inclusive world.

Alexandra Dementieva is a multimedia artist. Like an explorer she raises questions related to social psychology and theories of perception suggesting solutions to them by contemporary artistic means.

Edith Doove (PhD) is a curator, writer and researcher, specifically interested in notions of emergence and contingency, cross and transdisciplinary collaborations.

iMAL, Sunday 12 June at 5pm

30 Quai des Charbonnages
Koolmijnenkaai, 1080 Brussels

The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 50 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks

LASER Talks Brussels: Tangible sound, postdigital instruments, audio spatialization technologies and extended reality

The sixth LASER Talks Brussels takes place next Saturday 23 April at 7pm at dinA (the contemporary art laboratory/center).

The discussion will be focussing on materializing digital matter into sound objects, embodied music interaction, spatialization technologies to enable and investigate synchronization between musical players using movement and sound, the physical aspects of musical human machine interaction, reinterpretation of the physical value of well established cultural techniques creating tangible user interface.

With Claire Williams, Enrique Tomás and Bavo Van Kerrebroeck.

Claire Williams, Zoryas

Claire Williams is working at the borders of science, technology, arts and textiles. She sees her self as an artist and researcher that tries to work between these fields, finding a common language, creating and amplifying specific interactions between different mediums. Her obsessions lay mostly around data, sound and ancient textiles, trying to materialize digital matter, imperceptible or inaudible informations found in our super saturated techno environment. She likes to work with unstable media, researching ways to create specific tools, usages or techniques to give us a sensitive experience of our daily environment. In her work she mainly uses textile techniques, hacked machines, DIY electronics, open source software and hardware.

Enrique Tomás

Enrique Tomás is a sound artist and post-doc researcher at TAMLAB (Tangible Music Lab) at the University of Linz who dedicates his time to finding new ways of expression and play with sound, art and technology. His work explores the intersection between sound art, computer music, locative media and human-machine interaction. 

As an individual artist, Tomás’ activity is centered around ultranoise.es and focuses on performances and installations with extreme and immersive sounds and environments.

He has exhibited and performed in spaces of Ars Electronica, Sonar, CTM, IRCAM, IEM, KUMU, SMAK, NOVARS, STEIM, Steirischer Herbst, Alte Schmiede, etc., and in galleries and institutions throughout Europe and Latin America.

Bavo Van Kerrebroeck, MusicMoves

Bavo Van Kerrebroeck is a researcher in the fields of embodied (musical) interaction, extended reality and human-computer interaction. He works with extended reality and audio spatialization technologies to enable and investigate the dynamical processes underlying coordination between musical players. For this purpose, he develops enriched and mediated musical contexts in which people and machines interact and can meaningfully express themselves. He obtained a master’s in engineering and computer music at the KUleuven and Sorbonne University, did a research internship at IRCAM and worked as an analyst for IBM and the European Space Agency. He is currently finalizing his PhD at the Institute of Psychoacoustics and Electronic Music (IPEM). His work has been published in the Frontiers and Computer-Human Interaction journals and has been presented at ISMIR, ICMC and Expanded Animation at Ars Electronica. 

dinA (the contemporary art laboratory/center) 
📍Nieuwbrug 3 Rue du Pont Neuf / Brussel 1000 Bruxelles 

The event will also be live streamed here!

LASER TALKS Brussels are curated by Alexandra DEMENTIEVA in collaboration with Edith DOOVE.

Alexandra Dementieva is a multimedia artist, based in Brussels. The idea of interaction between the viewer and an artwork, mediated by technologically progressive visualization methods, lies at the core of her work. In her installations she uses various art forms on an equal basis: dance, music, cinema and performance. Akin to an explorer she raises questions related to social psychology and theories of perception suggesting solutions to them by contemporary artistic means, that is by taking a subjective stance behind a camera. Her installations focus on the role of the viewer and her/his interaction with an artwork and bring forth ways of provoking the viewer’s involvement thus allowing hidden mechanisms of human behavior to be revealed. 

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The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 50 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks

Dominique Leroy in “3 Collectioneurs #9”

This Saturday 26 March at 4pm opens the show “3 Collectioneurs #9”

For this 9th edition of the 3 Collectors, Été 78 has invited Diane & Baudouin Delvaulx, Belgian collectors, and Pascal Joseph, French collector, to present some works from their collections. As last year, they invited themselves as the 3rd collector.

This will be an opportunity to discover works by Brognon Rollin, Aleksandra Chaushova, Claude Closky, Natalie Czech, Cyprien Gaillard, Marine Hugonnier, Sven’t Jolle, Olga Kisseleva, Kolkoz, Laura Lamiel, Caroline Le Méhauté, Dominique Leroy, Adrian Melis, Anne Neukamp and Katie Paterson.

And this year, the garden will also be part of the show with a beautiful sound work. The collectors and several artists will be present at the opening.

Dominique Leroy

Practical information:

  • Opening (without appointment): Saturday 26/03 from 4pm to 8pm;
  • Exhibition from 27/3 to 15/5.
  • Open without appointment:
    • Saturdays 16/04 and 23/04: 2pm –> 6pm;
    • Saturday 30/04: 9.30 am –> 5pm (during Art Brussels);
    • Saturdays 7/5 and 14/5: 2pm –> 6pm.
  • attention: closed on Saturday 2/4 and 9/4;
  • visit by appointment for groups.

ETE 78 ASBL
Rue de l’Eté 78
1050 Brussels

Sven’t Jolle, Trickle down (study for bird of fiscal paradise), 2021.

Pour cette 9è édition des 3 Collectionneurs, Été 78 a invité Diane & Baudouin Delvaulx, collectionneurs belges, et Pascal Joseph, collectionneur français, à présenter quelques oeuvres de leurs collections. Comme l’année passée, Été 78 se sont invités comme 3è collectionneur.


L’occasion de découvrir des oeuvres peu ou jamais vues de Brognon Rollin, Aleksandra Chaushova, Claude Closky, Natalie Czech, Cyprien Gaillard, Marine Hugonnier, Sven’t Jolle, Olga Kisseleva, Kolkoz, Laura Lamiel, Caroline Le Méhauté, Dominique Leroy, Adrian Melis, Anne Neukamp et Katie Paterson.

Et cette année, le jardin sera également de la partie accueillant une belle oeuvre sonore. Les collectionneurs et plusieurs artistes seront présents à l’occasion du vernissage.

Informations pratiques:
– Vernissage (sans rdv): samedi 26/03 de 16h à 20h;
– Exposition du 27/3 au 15/5.
– Ouvert sans rdv:
     – samedis 16/04 et 23/04: 14h –> 18h;
     – samedi 30/04: 9h30 –> 17h (pendant Art Brussels);
     – samedis 7/5 et 14/5: 14h –> 18h.
– attention: fermé les samedis 2/4 et 9/4;
– visite sur rdv pour des groupes constitués.

ETE 78 ASBL
Rue de l’Eté 78
1050 Bruxelles

Open call – Watou Arts Festival 2023

As member of the jury of the project Patchwork for Watou Arts Festival 2023, I am pleased to share this open call for participants.

The project Patchwork runs parallel with the Watou Arts Festival in Poperinge, Belgium. It’s an open call for professional artists and final year bachelor or master students in an art program. Curator Koen Vanmechelen and the city of Poperinge invite you to spend a number of days in Watou during the summer of 2022. The number of participants in this project will be limited to a maximum of twenty per research period. Registration is required. A jury will select the participants, based on the motivation, CV and portfolio.

Patchwork started in 2021 as an open invitation, a research project, a laboratory. After 40 editions of Watou Arts Festival, the times have changed. What should Watou’s role in the future be? And what, specifically, does this mean? In words, images and sounds. Can we transform the concept of Watou? Together with Koen Vanmechelen, artists from different disciplines travelled to the village at the French border’ to reflect on these questions. The result can be seen at Watou 2022, an edition supported by artists and residents, one community for one summer. Patchwork will continue in the summer of 2022 as an invitation to each artist to participate in Watou 2023 from their own perspective on the village.

With Patchwork we are exploring with artist Koen Vanmechelen how Watou as a village and as a community can connect with the artists and vice versa. Interested artists can register through an open call to participate in this project and apply for Watou Arts Festival 2023. Registration is open now and will run until 25 April 2022.

Find more info about regulations, research periods and the link to register here.

LASER Talks Brussels – Learning Through Sound

The fifth edition of LASER Talks Brussels took place on Tuesday 29 March at 7pm CET at iMAL – Center for Digital Cultures in Brussels with panelists Aernoudt JACOBS, Katrien KOLENBERG and Mathieu ZUSTRASSEN.

You can watch the talk here.

LASER Talks Brussels are chaired by Alexandra Dementieva, moderated by Edith Doove and hosted by iMAL.

Sound helps us interact with the world and with each other, sonification gives a great possibility to present and analyse data. Space around us is filled with humming, murmuring, reverberating, carrying information. Sound waves can be a means of diagnosing health conditions and of monitoring the faraway space. Frequencies beyond human hearing can wake dormant instruments measuring volcanoes activity. Sound can be almost a physical instrument. Astrophysicists refer to sonification of light/brightness variations to reconstruct stellar compositions and structure. Scientists and artists are exploring and probing the world by listening.

Aernoudt Jacobs, Heliophone, 2015

Aernoudt JACOBS is a Belgian artist working primarily with the medium of sound. His work is both phenomenological and empirical. It has its origins in acoustic and technological research and investigates how sounds can trigger sonic processes that will affect the observer’s scope of perception.

His work focuses on a central question: how can the complexity, richness and stratification of our direct, daily environment be translated into something that can really be experienced. His work has been exhibited widely in Belgium and abroad.

In addition to his artistic practice Jacobs co-directs with Christoph De Boeck Overtoon, a platform and production facility for sound art based in the centre of Brussels.

Katrien KOLENBERG is an astronomer (astrophysics), STE(A)M coordinator and manager of ESERO-Belgium (European Space Education Resource Office) coordinator at the KULeuven. She is professor of astrophysics at the University of Antwerp and the VUB.

After obtaining her PhD in astrophysics at KULeuven in 2002, she did research at the University of Vienna and at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. At each of these stops, art always featured alongside astronomy.

Her scientific research is situated in the field of stellar astrophysics, in particular variable stars and asteroseismology (the physics of vibrating stars).

She’s passionate about science and art, astronomy for development, and innovative/artistic science communication and education worldwide. In this context, she long ago made the bridge from the data of vibrating stars to the sound that can be associated with them, and discovered the (persuasive) power of multisensory data exploration. Her collaboration with Wanda Diaz Merced, who uses and studies sonification, inspired her to start “fine-tuning” sonification techniques for pulsating stars. While star sounds have often been used for science communication, the power of the sonification method for data analysis within asteroseismology (and by extension other fields) has never been thoroughly investigated. The AstroSounds collaboration allows this to be investigated on a larger scale, by letting the public listen to stars!

Matheur Zurstrassen, KEOEEIT, 2019

Mathieu ZURSTRASSEN is a trained architect who since 2013 embraces the path of visual arts. In designing objects, he moves away from the projection of the drawing and focuses on the experimentation of construction. He gives added value to his work, symbolic and philosophical, on the quality of the invisible and the relationships thus created between the sender and receiver. He uses the codes of craftsmanship to solve aesthetical issues often at the borders of the unspeakable. Highly technical, Mathieu Zurstrassen combines the ambiguity of materials, a poetic thought made of humour and delicacy.

He has since exhibited in various events, galleries and festivals such as the KIKK Festival or Ars Electronica or Venice Biennale.

LASER Talks Brussels 5 – Tuesday 29 March at 7pm

Reservation is free but required via this link.

iMAL, Quai des Charbonnages/Koolmijnenkaai 30, 1080 Brussels

The Leonardo/ISAST LASERs are a program of international gatherings that bring artists, scientists, humanists and technologists together for informal presentations, performances and conversations with the wider public. The mission of the LASERs is to encourage contribution to the cultural environment of a region by fostering interdisciplinary dialogue and opportunities for community building to over 40 cities around the world. To learn more about how our LASER Hosts and to visit a LASER near you please visit our website. @lasertalks